Counties with the most college graduates in Kansas

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July 2, 2022
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Counties with the most college graduates in Kansas

The American philosopher and psychologist John Dewey once said, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” Dewey advocated for an educational paradigm called pragmatism, which stresses the importance of learning academic concepts by experiencing them firsthand, instead of through lecture and repetition in a classroom.

While the philosophy is used by many educators (especially those working in fields where the value of work experience exceeds the value placed on an academic background), many people take great pride in their formal educational credentials because of the valuable skills such educations provided and because of the immense amount of work that goes into earning a degree.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the most college graduates in Kansas using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percent of the population 25 years and over that has a Bachelor’s degree or higher using 2020 5-year estimates.

Keep reading to see which counties in your state have the most college graduates.

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#30. Cheyenne County

- 26.0% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.7% ($30,806 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 30.2% ($31,006)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 37.1% ($30,739)
- Bachelor's degree: 20.5% ($47,344)
- Graduate or professional degree: 5.5% ($44,107)

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#29. Mitchell County

- 26.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.7% ($18,611 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 28.9% ($22,639)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 39.2% ($33,906)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.2% ($42,230)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.9% ($60,750)

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#28. Graham County

- 26.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.3% (earnings not available)
- High school graduate: 32.3% ($26,484)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.2% ($34,531)
- Bachelor's degree: 20.5% ($47,350)
- Graduate or professional degree: 5.8% ($48,523)

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#27. Morris County

- 26.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.5% ($25,588 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 35.5% ($26,433)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.5% ($38,527)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.7% ($36,466)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.8% ($49,545)

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#26. Greeley County

- 26.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 14.3% ($22,870 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 25.4% ($46,400)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 33.6% ($36,500)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.3% ($53,984)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.4% ($36,964)

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#25. Lyon County

- 26.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 12.0% ($26,974 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 31.3% ($30,980)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.8% ($33,387)
- Bachelor's degree: 16.6% ($41,446)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.2% ($52,949)

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#24. Nemaha County

- 26.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.8% ($32,500 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 36.4% ($37,857)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.9% ($31,765)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.3% ($50,227)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8.6% ($57,208)

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#23. Chase County

- 27.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.1% ($19,375 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.2% ($28,827)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 37.5% ($33,452)
- Bachelor's degree: 20.2% ($42,031)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.9% ($42,188)

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#22. Saline County

- 27.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.0% ($28,148 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.6% ($31,304)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 35.1% ($31,626)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.0% ($45,716)
- Graduate or professional degree: 9.3% ($53,885)

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#21. Clay County

- 27.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.1% (earnings not available)
- High school graduate: 35.7% ($24,730)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.5% ($34,306)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.4% ($41,371)
- Graduate or professional degree: 9.3% ($56,771)

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#20. Stafford County

- 27.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.1% ($25,000 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 28.0% ($34,250)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 37.0% ($33,578)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.4% ($40,833)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8.5% ($57,153)

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#19. Republic County

- 28.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 4.1% ($25,577 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 30.9% ($30,625)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 36.8% ($30,490)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.2% ($35,946)
- Graduate or professional degree: 9.9% ($51,806)

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#18. Marion County

- 28.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.9% ($26,875 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.2% ($30,985)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 33.7% ($31,892)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.7% ($38,564)
- Graduate or professional degree: 9.5% ($43,125)

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#17. McPherson County

- 28.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.6% ($30,576 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27.2% ($32,911)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 35.4% ($33,741)
- Bachelor's degree: 20.6% ($52,864)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8.3% ($56,500)

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#16. Wallace County

- 29.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.3% ($29,432 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 31.6% ($25,688)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 33.6% ($35,909)
- Bachelor's degree: 23.8% ($35,000)
- Graduate or professional degree: 5.7% ($45,938)

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#15. Crawford County

- 29.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.9% ($21,981 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 31.0% ($30,334)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.7% ($31,641)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.1% ($41,887)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.4% ($50,637)

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#14. Pratt County

- 29.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.3% ($32,321 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 24.8% ($27,827)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 37.4% ($31,865)
- Bachelor's degree: 20.5% ($41,536)
- Graduate or professional degree: 9.0% ($71,618)

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#13. Clark County

- 30.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.3% ($38,333 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 23.7% ($40,781)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 39.6% ($26,701)
- Bachelor's degree: 22.5% ($44,286)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.9% ($46,750)

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#12. Butler County

- 30.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.1% ($26,546 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 28.1% ($32,822)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 34.4% ($42,600)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.9% ($51,974)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.5% ($55,784)

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#11. Miami County

- 31.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 4.4% (earnings not available)
- High school graduate: 32.1% ($38,804)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.4% ($41,743)
- Bachelor's degree: 20.0% ($54,057)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.2% ($68,631)

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#10. Shawnee County

- 31.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.7% ($23,138 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 31.3% ($31,049)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.7% ($40,398)
- Bachelor's degree: 20.2% ($48,531)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.1% ($58,847)

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#9. Sedgwick County

- 31.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10.2% ($26,703 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 26.3% ($31,191)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.1% ($36,045)
- Bachelor's degree: 20.2% ($50,572)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.2% ($62,337)

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#8. Harvey County

- 32.0% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.0% ($25,282 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 23.0% ($32,410)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 35.9% ($37,120)
- Bachelor's degree: 21.0% ($42,582)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.1% ($62,762)

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#7. Hodgeman County

- 32.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.0% ($25,000 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 19.7% ($43,750)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 36.8% ($36,250)
- Bachelor's degree: 23.2% ($40,000)
- Graduate or professional degree: 9.3% ($56,875)

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#6. Leavenworth County

- 33.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.0% ($24,603 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 28.5% ($32,093)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.0% ($36,573)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.7% ($54,586)
- Graduate or professional degree: 13.8% ($82,681)

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#5. Pottawatomie County

- 34.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.4% ($25,139 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.5% ($36,402)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.7% ($40,342)
- Bachelor's degree: 22.4% ($52,185)
- Graduate or professional degree: 12.0% ($75,878)

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#4. Ellis County

- 38.0% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.6% ($26,005 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 24.7% ($32,423)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.7% ($38,150)
- Bachelor's degree: 24.6% ($43,262)
- Graduate or professional degree: 13.4% ($51,908)

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#3. Riley County

- 47.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 3.8% ($22,253 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 16.4% ($28,390)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.5% ($34,233)
- Bachelor's degree: 25.7% ($44,245)
- Graduate or professional degree: 21.6% ($51,632)

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#2. Douglas County

- 51.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 4.5% ($19,458 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 18.7% ($32,822)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 25.6% ($35,315)
- Bachelor's degree: 27.8% ($45,417)
- Graduate or professional degree: 23.4% ($60,041)

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#1. Johnson County

- 56.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 3.9% ($27,338 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 14.0% ($35,384)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 26.0% ($43,470)
- Bachelor's degree: 34.6% ($62,353)
- Graduate or professional degree: 21.5% ($77,119)

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